Watch Seth Myers Take On Spacey, Weinstein And Trump At The Golden Globes
"Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen."
Late night TV host Seth Myers kicked off this year’s Golden Globes awards ceremony with a scorching monologue that addressed the wave of sexual harassment allegations engulfing Hollywood and threw a few salvos at Donald Trump to boot.
Award show monologues are generally rated on how funny they are, but in the past hosts have been applauded for weaving in topical social commentary. Over the past year the biggest issue in the entertainment industry has been the #MeToo movement, sparked by the allegations of sexual assault against Harvey Weinstein, formerly one of the most powerful men in show business.
Myers opened his monologue with “Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen. I’m Seth Meyers, and I’ll be your host tonight,” indicating he wasn’t going to shy away from the biggest story in Hollywood. He followed up with “It’s 2018, marijuana is finally allowed and sexual harassment finally isn’t. It’s gonna be a good year!”
“There’s a new era underway, and I can tell because it’s been years since a white man was this nervous in Hollywood,” Myers said. “For the male nominees in the room tonight, this is the first time in three months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud.”
Myers also addressed the Weinstein allegations specifically: “Well, I think it’s time to address the elephant not in the room. Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. Because, well, I’ve heard rumours that he’s crazy and difficult to work with. But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the ‘In Memoriam.’”
Kevin Spacey and Donald Trump also drew Myers’ attention, though the speech later veered back into more traditional Golden Globes territory with jokes focusing on the films and TV shows up for awards, including this riff on Get Out: “Get Out was a great film to see in a theatre, and also a great way to tell if your date was a racist. If you walked out after that movie and your date said, ‘It was so sad when they hit that deer,’ they’re a racist. You went to a movie with a racist.”